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Tomatillo soup with jalapenos, canelli beans and corn. Little Green Wheelbarrow

Tomatillo soup with cannellini ‘chicken’

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Living in California as I do, regular doses of Mexican food are a must. If I go a week without it, I get the shakes. It’s like salsa runs through my veins. One of my favorite salsas is the green type, used for enchiladas and verdes, or to top tacos and salads. The base of green salsas is the tomatillo, a fruit that’s a staple of Mexican and Central American…

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How to build a raised bed vegetable garden

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Raised beds are a great solution for many gardeners, and for many reasons. In areas where the soil is poor, a raised bed allows you to skip all the double-digging, weeding and amending in the effort to get a healthy environment for your garden. Simply add the ideal mixture of garden soil and compost to the bed, and it’s pretty much ready to plant. Raised beds are also easier to…

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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The next time you’re asked to bring a side dish to a potluck supper — or anytime your menu calls for mashed potatoes — you may wish to add a bit of punch to your dish by throwing in some fresh veggies. This mashed potato recipe is inspired by the colorful varieties of cauliflower that are now becoming readily available. The purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also found…

Asparagus cornbread with roasted garlic

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Here in Northern California impending asparagus festivals are conjuring up all kinds of treatments for the perennial herb: battered and fried spears, blended in ice cream, stir-fried, sauteed, souped, sauced … But many times asparagus recipes end up doing injustice to what is otherwise a very nutritious and lovely food. We all know of asparagus’ rather pronounced effect on one’s … ahem … secretions. That said, asparagus does have beneficial diuretic…